Sunday, August 12, 2007

Woolen Mills dam

(pictured above, Woolen Mills dam)

Of course, one cannot from this one mill make a case for the continuity of Southern sentiments in favor of manufacturing. One can see, however, that its history lends support to the new viewpoint presently tearing down distinctions between the Old and New South. One should observe, too, that this mill sprang up in the shadow of Monticello, in a region steeped in the democratic and agrarian spirit of Thomas Jefferson. The aged Sage, in fact, still lived when the Charlottesville mill took its first hesitant steps along the path of industrial progress.

Three persons have been of great importance in making this study possible. I wish to thank Hampton S. Marchant not only for the generous fund of information which he has supplied me but also for his patience during the long months this work was in progress. I deeply regret I could not acknowledge my debt of gratitude to Archibald Lammey before his recent untimely death. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Charlottesville Woolen Mills, Mr. Lammey graciously provided me with many of the records of the company without which this thesis would not have been possible. And finally, I wish to extend to Dr. Edward Younger of the Corcoran Department of History my deepest appreciation for his invaluable aid, guidance and kind words of encouragement over the past two years.--Harry Poindexter

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